30.9. Repeating a Cycle of Commands
The !! history substitution gives a copy of the previous command. Most people use it to re-execute the previous command line. Sometimes I want to repeat a cycle of two commands, one after the other. To do that, I just type !-2 (second-previous command) over and over:
% vi plot ... % vtroff -w plot ... % !-2 vi plot ... % !-2 vtroff -w plot ...
You can cycle through three commands with !-3, four commands with !-4, and so on. The best part is that if you can count, you never have to remember what to do next. :-)
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